The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. Fans will also enjoy the best NFL coaches of all time and the best NFL quarterbacks currently in the league. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

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  1. 1
    + 10,434
    - 4,240

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 8,838
    - 4,012


    Quarterback

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  3. 3
    + 8,437
    - 2,990


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 8,636
    - 3,427


    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 6,363
    - 3,084


    Linebacker

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  6. 6
    + 5,761
    - 3,001


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 8,040
    - 5,162

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  8. 8
    + 6,920
    - 5,128

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  9. 9
    + 4,824
    - 2,336


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  10. 10
    + 5,737
    - 2,445

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  11. 11
    + 4,636
    - 2,314


    Quarterback

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  12. 12
    + 4,559
    - 2,609


    Quarterback

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  13. 13
    + 4,752
    - 2,189


    Running back

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  14. 14
    + 4,441
    - 2,173


    Quarterback

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  15. 15
    + 4,745
    - 2,499


    Linebacker

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  16. 16
    + 4,169
    - 1,852


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 4,501
    - 1,207

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 3,552
    - 1,797


    Linebacker, Center

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  19. 19
    + 3,591
    - 1,448


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  20. 20
    + 3,431
    - 1,471


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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  21. 21
    + 3,113
    - 1,874

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  22. 22
    + 3,532
    - 1,641


    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2,602
    - 1,378


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 3,442
    - 1,415


    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2,685
    - 1,292


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2,591
    - 1,125


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 3,053
    - 1,646


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2,002
    - 1,220


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  29. 29
    + 2,482
    - 1,447


    Quarterback

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  30. 30
    + 1,983
    - 1,143


    Quarterback

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  31. 31
    + 2,109
    - 1,255


    Linebacker

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  32. 32
    + 2,093
    - 1,054


    Running back

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  33. 33
    + 2,421
    - 1,574

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tight end

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  34. 34
    + 1,799
    - 727

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  35. 35
    + 2,080
    - 1,112

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Running back

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  36. 36
    + 1,832
    - 615

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  37. 37
    + 1,822
    - 712

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  38. 38
    + 2,529
    - 1,300


    Quarterback

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  39. 39
    + 2,140
    - 1,178


    Quarterback

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  40. 40
    + 1,860
    - 938


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    + 1,692
    - 1,053


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  42. 42
    + 1,710
    - 974


    Free Safety

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  43. 43
    + 1,706
    - 770

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  44. 44
    + 1,833
    - 1,276

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  45. 45
    + 2,047
    - 1,305

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  46. 46
    + 1,331
    - 529

    ranked low on reranks & added by coolmiles
    Tight end

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  47. 47
    + 1,837
    - 1,162

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Running back, Return specialist

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  48. 48
    + 2,169
    - 1,141

    ranked low on reranks
    Quarterback

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  49. 49
    + 1,437
    - 692

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  50. 50
    + 1,463
    - 1,095

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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